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Sailors Conclude Participation in Exercise Noble Melinda 2018

July 29, 2018 at 10:04 AM UTC
From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, along with Navy EOD divers from France and Israel, concluded their participation in exercise Noble Melinda 2018, an EOD and mine countermeasures exercise hosted by the Israeli Navy.

The exercise focused on enhancing cooperation and regional maritime security by sharing tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and fostering stronger interoperability between the participants.

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“This year’s exercise was a huge success. Many of the lessons learned from previous exercises were applied to drastically improve the interoperability and TTP exchange with this vital regional partner. This exercise is a way the U.S. can demonstrate its continued support of Israel, as well as protect the maritime domain from threats.”

-Lt. Ben Fernandez, EODMU-8 exercise lead. 

Quick Facts: 
Noble Melinda is a regularly scheduled exercise and was not associated with, or a reaction to, any real-world events.
Naval forces from France, Israel, and the U.S. participated in the exercise.
EODMU-8, forward-deployed to Naval Station Rota, Spain, provides EOD capability to locate, identify, render safe, recover, field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance, including underwater, biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.